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An insider's take on the evolution and enduring legacy of the music that rocked the twentieth century

An insider's take on the evolution and enduring legacy of the music that rocked the twentieth century
Lenny Kaye is an American guitarist, composer, record producer, writer, and founding member of Patti Smith and Her Band
"His magnum opus, a rollicking tour through rock and roll history. . . . Touching on a dizzying array of famous and obscure musicians, bars, and clubs-and injecting the narrative with his own vivid memories of playing in such legendary places as Manhattan's CBGB-Kaye brilliantly captures the ecstasy of what it was like to be there. . . . This memorable history is electrifying." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An idiosyncratic, impassioned paean to rock 'n' roll. . . . [Kaye has a] depth of historical knowledge that enables him to enumerate the sightings of the very phrase rock 'n' roll. . . . The author engagingly chronicles his wide travels, visiting New Orleans, London, Memphis, and many other places in search of lost and otherwise magical chords. . . . If you're a fan of rock music of whatever flavor, you need this book." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"I first knew him as a writer. Then guitarist, lifelong friend, and collaborator. We have performed side-by-side on the global stage through half a century and shared his love of the evolution of our mutual vocation. In Lightning Striking, Lenny Kaye has illuminated ten facets of the jewel called rock and roll from a uniquely personal and knowledgeable perspective. He draws from a lifetime of inspiration and experience. A youth plugging in his first electric guitar, a fan taking the dance floor, a propelling player, a humble guardian of history, and the writer I have always known him to be." - Patti Smith

"Lightning Striking is a true testimonial and epic love letter to the soul saving power of rock and roll. Lenny Kaye writes with a guitar player's rhythm and the image-strewn fevered prose of a beat poet, sharing arcane knowledge of the joy of a true believer. Read it and be inspired, as I was." - Bobby Gillespie

"Guitarist Lenny Kaye writes about various you-had-to-be-there music scenes that each had a transformative impact on rock and roll. . . . Kaye's personal reminiscences about performing with Patti Smith are among the highlights. Part history, part memoir, Lightning Striking is a fat, fun homage to the glory days of rock and roll and is full of vivid and revealing memories and anecdotes." - Booklist